A Research on Margaret Thatcher

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Research on Margaret Thatcher

Gabriela Carcamo

POLS 3390

Professor Nancy Sims

Margaret Hilda Thatcher framed what is considered "The Thatcher Decade" in Great Britain in the twentieth century. She achieved a record in British history not just because she was the only female leader of a British political party but because she was also the only woman to become Prime Minister in Great Britain, for eleven years. Without a doubt she left behind a legacy that has both aroused assurance and disapprobation between her fellow citizens and the world. In this paper, I will analyze the life of Margaret Thatcher, her strategies in her rise to power, some of her policies while in office and other factors about her radical conservatism that bore her name: Thatcherism. PRIVATE

On October 13,1925 in a small town of Grantham, Beatrice Ethel Stephenson, a dressmaker, gave birth to Margaret Hilda Roberts, her second daughter, in the flat above her family's grocer's shop.

Alfred Roberts, who had left school at the age of twelve, but an active pillar to the local community and Methodist preacher, introduced Margaret to conservative politics. "Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were described as caring and believed their daughters should follow a rigid code of conduct" (Murray 17). A good student, Margaret at eleven years received a scholarship to the Kesteven and Grantham Girls School. Somerville College of Oxford University, where she was admitted a couple of years later, was where she graduated from in 1946 with a degree in chemistry. As a chemistry student, she did not have nearly as much time free as other students. Despite that, she developed interest in politics and became Chairman of the University Conservative Club (OUCA) in 1946 (Murray 35).

Her first job after leaving Oxford was as research chemist for BX Plastics where...